Test Overview

Test Methodology

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Test Usage

Toxoplasma gondii is highly problematic when primary infection occurs during the first trimester of pregnancy, often leading to fetal death or when reactivation occurs in immunocompromised patients, leading to life-threatening disease including encephalitis and extracerebral toxoplasmosis. Onset of disease in most patients is preceded by an increase in parasite load measured in peripheral blood specimens using quantitative PCR. Monitoring blood levels of Toxoplasma gondii DNA correlates well with treatment.

Test Details

Days Test Performed


Analytic Time

2 - 5 days

Soft Order Code


MiChart Code

Toxoplasma DNA qPCR, Blood



Toxoplasma DNA qPCR, Blood

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Laboratory Reference

Viracor Eurofins 2200

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Specimen Requirements

Offsite Collection Instructions

Collect specimen in a lavender top (EDTA) tube. Send intact specimen at room temperature (4 - 5 mL). Specimen must be received at Viracor within 96 hours.


Lavender Top Tube

Normal Volume

5 mL EDTA whole blood

Minimum Volume

4 mL EDTA whole blood

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Test sent to Viracor Eurofins.

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